Throughout the month of November, we will continue to recognize the various cultures that make up the fabric of our FSCJ family. Please join us in celebrating the rich diversity of our College’s faculty, staff and students for Intercultural Awareness Month (IAM). If you are interested in participating in the International Soccer Game, contact Frantz Damas at (904) 646-2273 and view this Intercultural Awareness Soccer Game flier for more information.
To see the remaining events scheduled for November, view this Intercultural Awareness flier.
In December, the College will recognize Human Rights Awareness Month. Look out for more information on specific events and activities on our campuses.
Dr. Bioteau Meets With U.S. Vice President and College Leaders at White House
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau was recently invited to the White House along with college presidents from around the country. The leaders were encouraged to share successes and lessons learned from each other, particularly regarding the push for all high school graduates in the United States to head to college with the promise of earning an associate degree and graduating debt-free. As a gesture of thanks, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden invited Dr. Bioteau and other college presidents to their home for lunch after the event.
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JaxbyJax 2016, the third annual JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival, founded and organized by FSCJ professors Tim Gilmore and Jo Carlisle, brought about 600 people out to hear 25 featured local writers in 12 intimate venues around Park and King Streets in Riverside. For more information on any of the writers or venues listed below, see www.jaxbyjax.com.
JaxbyJax began at 2 p.m. at Il Desco Italian Restaurant with nine student writers chosen by FSCJ English Professor Matthew Lany for the first JaxbyJax Student Showcase. Those writers were Madeline Windsor, Joshua Tenpenny, Marvin Simmons Jr., Bella Hughes, Josh Tremble, Rebecca Hersh, Alexis Couture, Mike Hesson, and Micah Fisher.
From 3 to 6 p.m., 25 writers gave 15 minute readings and performances at neighborhood venues all within a few steps of each other. Those venues were Beer:30, Cool Moose Cafe, Flaire Celebrations, Il Desco, Jacksonville Magazine, Nourish Juice Cafe, Riverside Liquors, Silver Cow Watering Hole, Sunday Tattoo Gallery, The Mazer, True-Blue: A Hair Studio, and Whiteway Conference Room.
JaxbyJax 2016 writers were Jim Alabiso, Tricia Booker, RaeJeana Brooks, Fred Dale, Frances Driscoll, Bill Ectric, Katherine Espano, Joe Flowers, Sohrab Fracis, Liz Gibson, Tim Gilmore, Nan Kavanaugh, Grant Kittrell, Matt Lany, Johnny Masiulewicz, Emily K. Michael, Marcus Pactor, Ebony Payne-English, Heather Peters, Andres Rojas, Caleb Sarvis, Sean T. Smith, Mark Stewart, Marisella Veiga, and Jeff Whipple.
In between venues, information and activity stations were occupied by the Jacksonville Public Library's Makerspace and Zine Collection, Jennifer Wolfe's Women Writing for Change, Perversion Magazine, Bridge Eight Magazine, literary photographer Junah Hanuj, and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts' Elan Magazine. FSCJ professors Sarah Stuart and Jennifer Chase organized the JaxbyJax stations.
JaxbyJax culminated with an after party and book market from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at CoRK Arts District, "Corner of Rosselle and King" Streets.
On November 5, FSCJ’s Downtown Campus hosted the College’s third annual TEDxFSCJ event, a day-long conference featuring nine local speakers. This year’s event was themed ENGAGE and aimed to engage the audience – a mix of students, faculty, staff and community members – with different issues, ideas and communities.
More than 150 people heard TED talks on topics ranging from destigmatizing the mentally ill to the struggles of raising a Muslim-American daughter in today’s America. TEDxFSCJ concluded with the opportunity for attendees to chalk messages of positivity on the Downtown Campus sidewalks. The recorded event and talks are expected to be available for viewing on tedxfscj.com by mid-December.
The NASA International Observe the Moon Night was held at FSCJ's North Campus on Saturday, November 5, after being rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew.
More than 150 people attended the session, seeing the "peak-a-boo" first quarter Moon as clouds came and went. Not only were a number of students and FSCJ staff on hand, it truly was a family night, as a number of families attended the event.
Approximately 100 of the attendees enjoyed a short program about the Moon to learn more. Many even stayed around to ask questions, such as "what is a blue moon," (the second full moon in a calendar month) and "why do we see eclipses," (because of the sun-earth-moon alignments during the moon's orbit around earth).
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) hosted College Goal Sunday on November 6 at the Downtown Campus Advanced Technology Center and Nassau Center. More than 180 people received free financial literacy guidance as well as assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, more than $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to registered event attendees.
The School of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences launched its first Quarterly Health Series at North Campus with Dr. Mobeen Rathore’s presentation on the Zika virus. Dr. Rathore is the hospital epidemiologist and chief of infectious diseases and immunology at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
Dr. Rathore, who also serves as professor and founding director of the University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Education (UF CARES), provided the history of the Zika virus during last month’s event. He surprised many audience members by stating that the illness, previously thought to be a recent development, originally surfaced in 1947.
Dr. Rathore also discussed how the Zika virus is transmitted, signs and symptoms, the definition of microcephaly, how individuals can decrease their risk of contracting the virus and the current work being conducted for a vaccine along with the concerns surrounding this solution.
The audience took advantage of the opportunity to ask Dr. Rathore questions about the virus. He is actively involved in Zika virus research and has received more than $60 million in funding for research and program development.
“This was a very informative session and we look forward to continuing our Quarterly Health Series and having discussions on other important health topics,” said Academic Director of Health Sciences Dr. Monica Franklin.
Judge Karen Mills-Francis recently visited Downtown Campus to lead a forum on relationships, domestic/spousal and dating abuse. The School of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences partnered with Executive Chair for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics/Downtown Campus President Dr. Marie Gnage to host the event.
During the discussion, Judge Mills-Francis shared with female students her personal story of being a domestic violence survivor. She aimed to make clear that domestic violence occurs in all races and socioeconomic levels. The forum provided many students with a safe place to discuss their own difficult ordeals.
Judge Mills-Francis currently presides over “Supreme Justice with Judge Karen” and boasts more than 13 years of legal experience. Driven by the lack of diversity in the court system, she ran for a judgeship in 2000, winning her first election and becoming the second black woman to serve on the bench in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
After twice being elected to the position of Miami-Dade County Judge, Judge Mills-Francis made it her mission to support those who are at risk of getting lost in the legal system. In April 2008, Judge Mills-Francis stepped down in order to bring her passion for law and desire to help others into homes across America.
Professor of Medical Assisting Karen Kelley stated that she and her students were appreciative of this forum opportunity and later continued the discussion in their classroom. Kendra Mervin, TRIO student support services project director for North Campus, also stated that the conversation continued during a late lunch following the event. Dr. Sandy Robinson, executive chair for the School of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences/North Campus president, hopes to further develop safe spaces for students to continue these types of discussions.
"Don't be afraid to start at the bottom,” said Brian Taylor, chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), as he spoke last month to students enrolled in the College’s transportation and logistics programs. “That's where you learn. That's where you grow."
On October 11, Taylor addressed approximately 50 students at the Downtown Campus Advanced Technology Center. During his talk, Taylor shared his four attributes that define success: passion, humility, the ability to tolerate uncertainty and people skills.
The CEO also discussed topics including JAXPORT’s role in the supply chain industry, the latest updates regarding port growth projects and the employment outlook for Northeast Florida’s transportation and logistics sector. Taylor stressed to students the importance of building both a plan as well as a backup plan, thinking ahead and developing leadership skills.
Executive Chair for the School of Business, Professional Studies and Public Safety/Kent Campus President Dr. Cedrick Gibson and Executive Chair for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics/Downtown Campus President Dr. Marie Gnage joined the College’s logistics and transportation faculty in thanking Taylor for inspiring our student professionals.
Each month, this column will highlight the supporting initiatives that are intended to help FSCJ achieve the goals identified in our Strategic Plan.
Initiative Supporting Strategic Plan Goal #5: Cultivate Institutional Efficiency and Effectiveness
- At the Nexus of Institutional Improvement: Enhancing the Inter-Related Processes of Curriculum, Financial Aid, and Accreditation
This supporting initiative seeks to improve the inter-related processes of curriculum, financial aid, and accreditation, specifically where they intersect. Representatives from each of the participating FSCJ offices traveled to Valencia and Santa Fe College, both Florida College System “Gold” Schools and Aspen Prize winners, to discuss best practices in these areas. Based on their findings, participants are in the process of implementing improvements that include revisions to the College’s curriculum proposal forms and SACSCOC substantive change practices.
In addition, this supporting initiative will develop training for deans, instructional program managers, faculty, and others throughout the College who regularly interact with the curriculum process and, by extension, the processes of financial aid and accreditation. The training will instruct participants how to effectively navigate the curriculum process and to recognize curricular impacts on financial aid and accreditation.
For more information about this initiative, contact Kelsey Kyne, Assistant Director of Outcomes Assessment and Strategic Planning
Meet the professor, artist and New York City native who says Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is one of the best things that has happened to him.
Professor of Design and Painting Dustin Harewood has taught at FSCJ since 2004. His work and teaching style are influenced by his life experiences. From New York to Barbados to Japan, Professor Harewood brings it all together in his art and classroom.
“The great thing about art is that every year, I feel like I’m leveling up, because watching [my students] work through their problems, I learn a lot by my interaction with them.”
Click here to watch his story.
The Career Employees Council (CEC) is the advisory body that represents the needs and promotes the welfare of career employees throughout the College. Career employees work side by side with our faculty and administration to support the needs of our students. Each month, we will spotlight the work of a career employee to highlight how they play an important role throughout the College. November’s career employee feature is Brittney Garner, assessment coordinator at South Campus.
In 2011, Brittney Garner left Sheffield, Alabama, to accept a position with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) as the BlueWave women’s basketball team’s assistant coach. During her four-year stint as assistant coach, the team won their conferences back to back. Being able to heed and produce was a major accomplishment for Brittney while balancing two duties for the College during this time.
As assistant coach, Brittney not only encouraged the team to do their best, but also encouraged others to excel during her role as test examiner. She was most recently recognized as one of this year’s Excellence Award nominees. When Brittney is not working, she enjoys visiting the beach and mentoring female college athletes.
The Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) is the representative voice for the Administrative & Professional employees of FSCJ. In an effort to build cohesiveness, awareness and collegiality, each month we put a “spotlight” on one of our members.
November’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Brandi Bleak, assistant director of educational technology.
As the newly appointed Assistant Director of Educational Technology, Brandi works to enhance teaching and learning by strategically incorporating educational technology while focusing on accessibility and creative problem solving. Brandi co-hosts “In Focus,” a program produced each month to educate the College audience about tech initiatives. She also conceptualized “Innovate to Educate,” a segment scheduled to premiere in January that highlights professors who are integrating technology into their classroom.
Brandi furthers her reach to the community as a regular guest on the local TV show, “The Chat,” as a tech expert reviewing useful apps, gadgets and trends in technology. She serves as creative director for the TEDxFSCJ team and was one of the photographers who exhibited portraits of engaged community members at the FSCJ Downtown Campus gallery.
Brandi joined the FSCJ technology department team in 2011 after working as a graphic artist for a local TV news station. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication from the University of North Florida, with a concentration in advertising. Originally from Indiana, Brandi grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has lived in Jacksonville since 2004. She enjoys traveling and spends her free time as a portrait photographer.
Our spotlight shines on each campus/center at least once a year. Nominations for the spotlight may be directed to your campus representative or any officer. Learn more about APC on our website, http://blogs.fscj.edu/apcollaborative.
Matt graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Sciences and an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Biotechnology Laboratory Technology. Today, he works in the Department of Cancer Biology on in-vitro ovarian cancer experimentation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. His primary project is to elucidate the role of hormones and cytokines in initiation, survival and progression of ovarian carcinomas via gene regulation and subsequent phenotypic modifications.
Matt says his favorite memory from FSCJ is graduating with his girlfriend, who is also a biomedical sciences graduate. He was selected for an internship at the Mayo Clinic as part of the Biotechnology Laboratory A.S. program. Matt was hired when the internship concluded. Now, after graduating from the Biomedical Sciences B.S. program, his position is being upgraded once again. "FSCJ supplied me with the opportunity to work at one of the best institutes in the world for my field of research,” he said.
Matt encourages those who currently study at FSCJ to take advantage of the helpful professors and affordable tuition that the College offers.
“The professors care about your success,” he says. “You will get a good education if you are willing to put in the effort, and afterwards, you can go on to a great graduate or professional school or work for great companies, no matter where your undergraduate degree comes from."
To read more about Matt’s journey, visit the FSCJ Foundation’s website.
Paralegal Studies graduate Kevin Stevens says he has always been interested in the legal profession. After earning his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from Wabash College in 2011, he spent two years teaching for Duval County Public Schools. Kevin felt the need for a career change and began considering other opportunities.
“I started looking at what FSCJ had to offer and the paralegal program stood out,” Kevin said. “Once I saw that FSCJ offered an associate degree in paralegal studies, it pretty much sealed the deal.” He credits Professors Nancy Sutton, Faith Litvack, Nick Martino and Paul McClester with helping him succeed in the program.
After enrolling in the College’s paralegal studies program in 2014, he became good friends with fellow student Sarah Franken. The following spring, Sarah, who worked at Constangy Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLC, informed Kevin of a data clerk opening at the law firm.
“I was stunned and thankful that she thought of me,” said Kevin. “I never would have thought that this would be how I got my proverbial foot in the door.”
Kevin applied for the position and was hired. He expressed gratitude for his friend Sarah helping him to advance in his career. Upon his completion of the paralegal studies program in 2015, Kevin was promoted from part-time data clerk to his current role of full-time paralegal.
Kevin considers the program a good stepping stone for those wanting to pursue a career in law. For students interested in FSCJ’s A.S. in Paralegal Studies, he offers a few words of advice.
“Think of the legal world as just that: a world," he said. “It's vast and will have something of interest for you. It is an opportunity to see how everything works from a legal perspective.”
In the future, Kevin plans to work in the paralegal field for a few years before transitioning to law school to become an attorney. We are proud of Kevin’s success in the paralegal studies program and wish him continued success in his professional endeavors.
The BlueWave Volleyball team ended the season with a record of 9-13 overall and fourth-place finish (out of six teams) in the Mid-Florida Conference. Asante Lopez, sophomore outside hitter (Jacksonville, FL), and Cheryke Brian-Garmos, freshman setter (San Juan, PR) made the Mid-Florida All Conference team.
The volleyball team recently volunteered at the GenWOW conference in Jacksonville at UNF. The GenWOW program focuses on assisting teenage girls by developing positive relationships and opportunities through a mentoring program. GenWOW is part of the Generation W program which serves to educate, inspire, connect and impact women and girls through empowerment conferences and leadership opportunities.
The team also participated in the Pump Out Breast Cancer Volleyball Tournament in Starke, Florida.
BlueWave Baseball, Women's Basketball and Softball
The baseball, women’s basketball and softball teams all participated in team-building exercises with Associate Athletic Director Daniel West. The teams worked on communication and trust through experiential learning activities.
We appreciate your participation in this year’s Benefits Open Enrollment. Your elected changes will take effect January 1, 2017.
During the information sessions, many employees also received their flu shot. If you weren’t able to participate, shots are offered at many physicians’ practices and retail pharmacies and are available at little to no cost with most major insurance plans.
The holidays are quickly approaching and so are opportunities to let your healthy habits slide. Below are some simple tips to help you, your family and friends enjoy a healthy and guilt-free holiday season:
- Limit fat and sugar in recipes. Opt for low-fat ingredients whenever possible. Replace heavy cream with fat-free half and half. In place of one whole egg, use two egg whites. Use white wine for broth or sautéing instead of oil.
- Exercise when possible. Speed walking at the mall while carrying shopping bags and cleaning for house guests are some simple ways to burn calories.
- Pay attention to what you drink. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating. Non-alcoholic beverages may be full of calories and sugar. Stay hydrated with water.
- Indulge but don’t overdo it. It’s all about making smart choices. Snack smart and watch your portions. Don’t eat to please people. Stop when you are satisfied.
- Wash your hands often and make sure you get your flu shot. While traveling and spending time with family and friends is great, you may be exposed to extra germs that could ruin the party.
- Make time to rest. In what’s often the busiest time of year, rest is key in staying happy and healthy.
FSCJ faculty and staff are leaders, not only within the College, but outside the College as well. We are proud to recognize and honor their achievements and successes.
- Adjunct Professor George R. Gainey will appear as one of approximately seven Santas at the Enchanted Christmas Village, which opens in Jacksonville on November 25, 2016. George has been a professional Santa Claus for the past decade and served as president of the Buckeye Santas in Ohio. Click here to learn more about the Enchanted Christmas Village.
The following list includes FSCJ employees who left or are preparing to leave their positions with the College. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!
|Victor Arroyo Jr.
||Student Success Advisor I
||Associate Director Student Engagement
||Associate Program Specialist
|Claude Chavis Jr.
||Student Success Advisor I
||Interim Project Coordinator
||Instructional Program Manager
||Lead Business Office Specialist
||Director of Operations
||Administrative Specialist-Student Success
||Associate Director of Student Engagement
||Director Information Systems
||Case Manager/Career Specialist
||Associate Director of Student Success
||Administrative Specialist-Student Success
FSCJ's faculty, staff, students, programs and leadership are often highlighted by local and regional media outlets-online, on-air and in print. Read all of the recent articles regarding important activities happening with the College.
LOVE/SICK Compressed but Complex with Convincing Characterizations
Published on eujacksonville.com on November 12, 2016. Learn more »
JaxbyJax - ‘Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville’
Published on eujacksonville.com on November 4, 2016. Learn more »
Business partnerships prepare students for future
Published on bizjournals.com on November 3, 2016. Learn more »
Come Join us Observe the Moon!
Published on iwantabuzz.com on November 2, 2016. Learn more »
Veterans hiring events set for November as employers look to recruit ex-military
Published on jacksonville.com on November 2, 2016. Learn more »
Blocktoberfest shows that October is about more than beer
Published on unfspinnaker.com on November 1, 2016. Learn more »
LINCS education and training grant extended until March
Published on supplychainquarterly.com on October 31, 2016. Learn more »
FSCJ Hosts Career Expo to Connect Students with Potential Employers
Published on fernandinaobserver.com on October 30, 2016. Learn more »
Dining Notes: New downtown restaurant will serve patrons — and students
Published on jacksonville.com on October 28, 2016. Learn more »
FSCJ reading series starts Saturday
Published on jaxdailyrecord.com on October 19, 2016. Learn more »
Port CEO visits logistics workers of the future
Published on jaxdailyrecord.com on October 19, 2016. Learn more »
Stroll Springfield - Jacksonville Porchfest 2016
Published on eujacksonville.com on October 17, 2016. Learn more »
EU Jacksonville: ARTIST TALK WITH GAMALIEL RODRIGUEZ
Published on eujacksonville.com on October 17, 2016. Learn more »
New Date Announced for TEDxFSCJ: ENGAGE
Published on fernandinaobserver.com on October 16, 2016. Learn more »
FSCJ Collegewide Open House set for Oct. 18-20
Published on thefloridastar.com on October 14, 2016. Learn more »
To view all upcoming events, visit the Collegewide calendar of events
Did you know that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) publishes important holiday tips and reminders to help keep you and your family safe during this time of year? You can read JSO’s guidance on personal, child, pet and home safety, as well as other useful holiday safety tips, by clicking here.
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- Assessment Coordinator Brittney Garner was most recently recognized as a nominee for what award?
- Outstanding Achievement Award
- Excellence Award
- Innovative Faculty Technology Award
- FSCJ Leadership Award
- Judge Mills-Francis became the second black woman to serve on the bench in which Florida county?
- Hillsborough County
- Orange County
- Miami-Dade County
- Escambia County
- According to Dr. Mobeen Rathore, the Zika virus originated in what year?
- JAXPORT CEO Brian Taylor shared with FSCJ transportation and logistics students his four attributes that define success. Which of the following is included in his attributes?
- People skills
- All of the above